Wine to try
2006 SC Pannell Pronto Tinto, McLaren Vale, A$30
The label of this wine says it all. Tinto – yes, it’s red, and pronto – well, it’s definitely a ‘drink-me-now-and-often’ proposition. And it’s exactly the style and weight to work with this peasant-style rabbit dish. Rabbit is a sweet meat, and its sweetness is drawn out by the inclusion of onions and garlic, plus the slow-cooking technique, while the fresh spices in the marinade interplay nicely with the spiciness of the fruit flavours in the wine. It’s a grenache-lead blend with shiraz and the Portuguese variety, touriga. Steve Pannell is a masterful winemaker. Here, his hand is gentle with fruit to the fore and a hint of spicy oak in the background. An alternative is a decent Côtes du Rhône, like the bargain- basement Vidal Fleury – sold exclusively through Vintage Cellars.
This recipe appeared in the June/July 2009 issue of Gourmet Traveller WINE.